About CRIW Ignite!

CRIW Ignite! is an annual research grant program funded by the Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work (CRIW). In 2022 the grant program is making up to CAD $50,000 available to fund up to five (5) research projects (maximum value per project $10,000). CRIW Ignite! aims to support collaborative research projects that advance CRIW’s mission of conducting and sharing research that advances equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at work.

The grant application intake is now closed. 


Successful applications will:

  1. have a faculty member at the Sprott School of Business as Principal Investigator (PI)
  2. include at least one (1) CRIW-affiliated faculty member in the project
  3. engage a graduate or undergraduate student
  4. produce a tangible outcome at the end of 18 months, including but not limited to: a grant proposal, a working paper, a case study, a workshop, a peer-reviewed publication or other knowledge mobilization initiative
  5. share preliminary findings within 12 months of receiving the grant at a CRIW research update event
  6. bring about practical advances in the area of inclusion at work

Research topics

All workplace inclusion research topics are welcome. However, of particular interest are research projects exploring barriers to employment and organizational inclusion for such populations as Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), immigrants, women, individuals with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and youth.

Submission guidelines

To apply for a CRIW Ignite! research grant, please submit a project proposal with the subject line “2022 CRIW Ignite! research grant” to criw@carleton.ca by March 28th 2021, containing the following:

  • 2-page project summary, including project description, objectives, start date and duration, methodology, and knowledge mobilization plan (if appropriate)
  • list of research team and partners, discussing expertise and complementarity
  • role of student(s) and outcomes of project participation
  • short budget justification
  • deliverables and milestones
  • bibliographic references
  • a copy of all researchers’ CVs
  • a description (max. 90 words) of the research project for placement in the recipients announcement. (see a CRIW Ignite! announcement for examples)


  • Grant recipients are expected to contribute to CRIW’s knowledge-sharing efforts by providing project information for placement on CRIW’s website and for use in other outreach initiatives.
  • A researcher cannot be Principal Investigator in two grants but can be a collaborator in more than one grant.
  • CRIW’s support should be acknowledged in any publications and a copy of the publications should be provided for CRIW’s records.

Budget information

The following costs are ineligible for CRIW grants:

  • research conducted under contract with a public institution, private agency or firm
  • funds for travel, except expenses for data collection related to the project
  • equipment purchases
  • contributions to university overhead
  • open access journal fees
  • hospitality, entertainment and/or honoraria (unless clearly specified as part of a knowledge mobilization or data collection initiative)
  • costs associated with the development of courses
  • costs incurred before the grant is awarded

Important dates

Deadline for applications: March 28th
Award date: April 26th


For more information, please contact CRIW at criw@carleton.ca.

CRIW Ignite! research grant recipients


  • How Experiential Learning can Lead to Successful Transitions to Leadership Roles for International MBA Students – Andrew Webb

For details on the research project funded in 2022, please see the grant award announcement.


  • Exploring the Consequences of Work-Family Imbalance – Linda Duxbury, Anita Grace and Sandra Nelson
  • Sub-Saharan African Immigrant Women’s Lived Experiences of Labour Market Integration, Occupational Discrimination and Systemic Employment Barriers in Ontario – Diane Isabelle, Melissa Redmond and Esther Adekunbi
  • Faculty Writing Groups and COVID-19 Research Support – Merridee Bujaki, Melissa Redmond and Sarah E.K. Smith

For details on the research projects funded in 2021, please see the grant award announcement.


  • Factors facilitating work integration of immigrants in Canada – Daniel Gulanowski and Greg Sears
  • Pandemic, panic, and precarity: Interviews with international students stranded in Ottawa during COVID-19 – Luciara Nardon and Amrita Hari
  • Cross-sector social partnerships to facilitate operational success of MLSE LaunchPad – Andrew Webb, Francois Brouard and Marika Warner

For details on the research projects funded in 2020, please see the grant award announcement.